Archive for October, 2010

Bare roots hedging plants season approaching

Bare root season is almost upon us – subject to the weather our plants are being lifted on the weekend of 6/7 November and we’ll begin despatch on Monday 8th November.  It normally takes us about 3 weeks to despatch the thousands  of orders that we’re pre-ordered (that’s what we call orders placed before the season started) but this year we’ve got extra resource and hope to get completely up to date with pre-orders within 2 weeks – and then we’ll be on a quick turnaround of despatch as orders are placed.

I’d like to thank all those customers who place their orders early – it helps us plan our resources (both for the plant lifting and despatch) so that we can get fresh, straight from the fields, plants delivered during November. Please don’t feel that if you haven’t pre-ordered you now won’t be able to get your plants until end of November – we can always squeeze in a few more! And there’s no need to panic – bare root season lasts until the end of March, sometimes early April.

And finally, all the team would like to say “happy birthday” to Graham one of our head nurserymen – and an absolute treasure!   He’s 60 on 6 November so he’s going to spend his birthday surrounded by hundreds of thousands of bare root plants – but we’re sure he’ll find time to get into the pub too!”

June

Autumn is a wonderful time for Hedges

It’s wonderful autumn weather for seeing the changing colours of leaves and fruits. My walks with Charlie have been thoroughly enjoyable recently and I thought you might like to see these photos of colourful fruits.

Charlie with Dog Rose (Rosa canina) hips

Charlie with Dog Rose (Rosa canina) hips

Charlie with Rosa Rugosa hips.

Charlie with Rosa Rugosa hips.

Do you like my posh wellies?  I bought them at the Malvern Flower Show last year and they’ve been well worth the rather expensive price tag – they’ve got a bit of stretch in them so ideal for getting on and off.

close up of the stupendous orange and pink fruits (like day glo post it notes) of the Common Spindle (Euonymus europaeus)

close up of the stupendous orange and pink fruits (like day glo post it notes) of the Common Spindle (Euonymus europaeus)

close up of Dog Rose hips to let you see the size of them

close up of Dog Rose hips to let you see the size of them

close up of Rosa Rugosa hips to let you see that these are the size of fairly large cherry tomatoes!

close up of Rosa Rugosa hips to let you see that these are the size of fairly large cherry tomatoes!

Sometimes very hard winters make for more fruit (it applies to domestic fruit trees too – and there’s certainly been a very productive harvest from our damson and apple trees) and with the terrible winter we had in 2009/10, we’re now experiencing one of the main benefits.

We sell these 3 fantastic species as bare root plants and we have Dog Rose and Rosa Rugosa as cell grown too – and Dog Rose in pots.”

June